Black (Kali) Urad Dal Recipe

Whole Urad dal is also known as Black (Kali) Urad dal due to its whole black colour. Urid Gram is one of the most frequently made dal at Punjabi homes. Kaali dal goes well with plain roti and rice and there is no need to serve any vegetables along with it.

Ingredients for Black (Kali) Urad Dal :

1 cup whole Urad dal (Black gram lentils)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 table-spoon, grated ginger (adrak)
1 t-spoon garlic, finely chopped (lahsun)
2 green chillies, chopped
2 table-spoon butter
1 table-spoon coriander leaves, finely chopped to garnish (dhaniya patti)
2 table-spoon oil
4 cup water
salt to taste

Herbs and Spices :
1 t-spoon turmeric powdered (haldi)
1/4 t-spoon garam masala
1/2 t-spoon cumin seeds (jeera)


How to make Black (Kali) Urad Dal :

  • Take a pressure cooker and add 4 cup water, Urad Dal, turmeric and salt. Pressure cook it over medium-high heat until dal gets tender.
  • Now, take a separate large frying pan, heat oil in it over medium heat. Splutter cumin seeds and green chillies, stir it for 15-30 secs. Then, add onion, ginger, garlic and cook for about 3-4 mins. stirring frequently. Add, chopped tomatoes and garam masala to the pan and cook further on medium flame for 2-3 mins.
  • Add cooked dal and salt to the large frying pan and turn the heat to high, stir it well. When it starts boiling, turn the heat to low, cover the pan and cook further for 8-10 mins.
  • Garnish Black Urad Dal with chopped coriander leaves and 2 table-spoon of butter. Serve hot with rice or chapati and Papad.